Stony Brook Lacrosse Welcomes 15 Decorated Newcomers

Jessica Volpe, who was named to ESPN's Top 50 Junior and Watch Lists in 2012, will contribute to a defensive line that bested national, conference and school records last year, including allowing the fewest goals in an America East Tournament (7). Volpe, a 5-5 product of nearby Hauppauge, helped Hauppauge High School achieve a No. 6 state ranking in 2012. She received an all-county and all-league accolades in girl's lacrosse, while also putting together a solid resume in winter track, capturing all-county and all-league honors.

Nichole Doran, a 5-4 attacker from Melville, was placed on ESPN's Watch List in 2012 and captained the Half Hallow Hills High School East team as an upperclassman. She was named to the all-tournament team this past spring and was the squad's Unsung Hero in 2011. Doran also played soccer for three seasons.

Marisa Colacino comes to Stony Brook having just helped Mount Sinai High School run the table with a 20-0 overall record and state crown this past spring. Colacino brought home all-tournament honors as Mount Sinai finished first among public school girl's lacrosse teams in New York State and second overall. The 5-6 defender also contributed to the 2011 squad that advanced to the state title game. A decorated athlete, Colacino was named all-division from 2011-13 and received the Girl's Varsity Lacrosse NYSPHS AA Certificate and the NYS Assembly Certificate in 2011 and 2013. She also played soccer and basketball, captaining both teams.

Kaitlyn Leahy joins the Seawolves as a goalie. Leahy, who is 5-4, was a three-time all-county selection and an all-division honoree in girl's lacrosse at Bayport-Blue Point High School. Another multi-sport standout, Leahy also lettered in basketball and soccer, earning all-county, all-league and all-conference in the latter. She served as captain on all three squads.

A 5-3 attacker out of Farmingdale N.Y., Margaret Fleming helped Farmingdale High School capture state championships in 2010 and 2013 and compile an impressive 56-10 mark during her four-year career. She also captained the squad, which ranked fifth in the state this past year, as a senior. An all-county selection for girl's lacrosse in 2013, Fleming was also an accomplished soccer player, netting all-conference and all-class honors during her final season.

Megan Pettine also arrives with big game experience. Pettine, who hails from Finksburg, Md., helped Westminster High School reach the state title match in her first two seasons with the team. She was named second team all-county and all-conference in 2011 and the Westminster High School Female Athlete of the Year. The 5-7 attacker recently earned all-tournament accolades at the Vail Shootout.

Another 5-7 attacker, Alyssa Guido played four seasons at Rocky Point High School under Joe Spallina's brother, Dan Spallina. She grabbed all-division honors as a sophomore before picking up all-county accolades as a junior and senior.

A five-year letterwinner at Smithtown East, Elizabeth Pellechi captured all-league, all-county and all-division awards during her high school career. The midfielder captained both the soccer and lacrosse teams.

Ashley Gomes comes to Stony Brook from Freeport, N.Y., where she was a four-year letterwinner and two-year captain on the Freeport girl's lacrosse team. During her time at Freeport, Gomes, a 5-4 midfielder, was selected all-conference twice and all-county once.

Stony Brook, which ended 2013 at No. 10 in the deBeer Media Poll and No. 11 in the IWLCA Coaches' Poll, will begin its hunt to play deep into May with next week with fall practices.

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2013-09-03



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